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An introduction to the judges of the BIID Interior Design Awards

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May Fawzy

May Fawzy is Interior Architecture Director and founder of MF Design Studio, an award-winning boutique interior architecture consultancy based in Surrey and London.

Since graduating with an MA in Interior Architecture with Honours, May has worked in various multinational architecture firms until founding her own in 2015. She specialises in commercial workplace interiors and has been responsible for designing and delivering multi-million pounds projects. May is a WELL approved professional and is committed to advance the health and well-being of occupants within the built environment.

May is the current (2023-2024) President of the British Institute of Interior Design (BIID). As a BIID Council Director, she was formerly an assessor for new BIID members to ensure their competency in meeting the BIID’s rigorous standards and has been an active member of the BIID community for several years.

Asif Din

Asif is Sustainability Director at Perkins & Will. He has raised the profile of carbon proficiency in the practice which includes a costed Zero Carbon Report at the end of concept design for all architectural projects. He has been advocating the use of circularity in design and as part of interiors and hospitality provides a Life Cycle Analysis for all projects and a roadmap to achieving full circularity by 2030.  He has also been involved in expanding the environmental remit within designs as part of the 'Living Design' initiative utilising a multivalent approach rather than singular metrics.

Asif is an Architect with over 20 years' experience in delivering Zero Carbon design projects. Notably BedZED and Jubilee Wharf in Penryn, Cornwall. He has worked in the UK and abroad in China and the Middle East. He has a PhD in Life Cycle design of buildings from Cass School of Art and Design at LMU.

Harsha Kotak

Founder of Women in Office Design, is an international Interior Designer and workplace consultant. With a lifelong passion for design, Harsha has worked in the workplace design industry for over 20 years and has practiced in the US, India and the UK. Her portfolio of work displays a variety of projects showcasing her expertise in Design & Client Management. She has worked on some prestigious projects like designing for the White House and Pentagon in the US, and for FedEx and US Embassy in New Delhi, India. Harsha is a workplace projects consultant with K2 Space in London and is responsible for helping their global clients from the finance, tech & media sector.

Having worked on various prestigious projects worldwide, in 2018 Harsha united her global network to create the organisation WOD (Women in Office Design). WOD provides a dedicated platform for women to attend events, share ideas and connect with others in the design community. 

Katrina Burroughs

Katrina works across The Times and The Sunday Times as interiors editor, and has written a design trends column for the Home section for over a decade. Her first editing job was at a magazine about stolen art, and she subsequently wrote for the Evening Standard and the FT’s How to Spend It.

Linda Boronkay

“Renowned in the industry for her warmth and emotionally intelligent approach, Linda’s 14- year career has seen her work for an impressive roster of global clients. Before founding her own studio in 2020, Linda was Design Director of Soho House where she was responsible for Asia, Europe and the UK regions, overseeing a team of nearly one hundred people including architects, interior designers and a procurement team. She took overall design responsibility for members’ clubs, overseeing hotel rooms, restaurants, bars, lounges, event and co-working spaces, bespoke furniture lines and home accessories.

Previously Linda worked at leading architecture and design practices including Tom Dixon, Martin Brudnizki, Woods Bagot, and Tara Bernerd, collaborating on sites and destinations for Caprice Holdings, Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts, Greenland Group, Morgans (now SBE), Nobu Global, Qantas, Starwood Capital and Virgin Hotels. 

Paul Moody

Paul Moody works as the Global Digital and Marketing Director for Havwoods wood flooring. With a degree in Design, Paul joined the Havwoods team in 2017 heading the company’s digital and marketing development. With a keen eye on design within the flooring industry in particular, Paul spends a lot of his time in understanding the latest trends and designs available, as well as working on all aspects of sustainability. Paul says: ‘It is a true honour for me to be part of the BIID Interior Design Awards panel and I hope to be able to learn a few things along the way.’

Kate Sanders

Kate is an architect and a Partner at Purcell, with over 25 years’ experience working with a variety of historic building types and in the historic environment. She has worked on significant buildings including museums, galleries and on the Parliamentary Estate. She has led many private residential projects working closely with Interior Designers successfully achieving the overall vision whilst managing the complex co-ordination of structure, building fabric and services.

Her interests lie in design for flexibility in an ever-changing world and the promotion of thinking on sustainability as an inherent part of the design process, she enjoys adapting and upgrading existing buildings to meet modern standards using an informed understanding of the original fabric with an inventive approach to design. She believes that close collaboration with the design team, clients and contractors significantly improves the quality of the project. 

Simone Brewster

Simone is an artist, designer, educator & cultural changemaker. 

Strongly grounded in craft, Simone uses her creative outputs as her voice, celebrating and sharing windows into varied Black female narratives and histories. Born and based in London, UK; the threads that flow throughout her work display a balance of function with beauty, a repurposing  of the “ ethnic” and the “western” and a continuous playing with scale, materiality and architectural form.

Brewster's work has been exhibited at the British Embassy as an example of British Design Talent, been shown internationally with the Crafts Council UK, showcased during Collect at the Saatchi Gallery, among other domestic and international venues. She has been profiled in Vogue UK, Vanity Fair and Elle Decoration with her painting both on domestic and international platforms. 

Antony Fuller

Antony is Managing Director of Swatchbox Europe. Founded by architects, Swatchbox is the first sample ordering platform in Europe. Having worked in the design and construction sector for over a decade, Antony provides unique insight into how technology can be used to make product selection easier, faster and more sustainable.
In 2021, as part of the UK launch for Swatchbox, he co-developed the BIID Accredited CPD “Reducing Sample Waste in Design” which was the world’s first educational research on the improvement of sustainability with sampling in the construction industry.

Busola Evans

Busola Evans is a freelance interiors journalist, in over 20 years, she has written for a number of newspapers and magazines including The Guardian, The Sunday Times Magazine, The Sunday Telegraph and Grazia, and was an interiors columnist for the London Evening Standard's ES Magazine. Before joining The World of Interiors, she was deputy editor at Livingetc magazine, where she also edited its kitchen and bathroom supplements and wrote a monthly column. Busola is on the advisory board of Women In Journalism, the UK's leading organisation for female journalists, and regularly chairs panels and discussions covering issues within the industry which affect its members. She is also on the steering committee of United In Design, a charity formed to tackle the lack of diversity in the UK's interiors industry.

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